Have you ever watched a friend put on her makeup from start to finish? We have (not in a creepy way or anything), and we highly recommend it. Occasionally there are parts of her routine where you see something go so wrong you feel it’s your friendly duty to step in and say, “Psst, girl, that’s not the way it’s done.” But other times you may see a technique so unusual—a step you’ve never thought to include in your beauty routine—that you simply must inquire as to what it is.
That’s exactly what we’re talking about today. Here, we’ve rounded up seven out-of-the-box tricks we either get asked about all the time or have asked someone else about. What’s great about these tips is that they are super simple (as in, literally anyone can do them), but they truly make all the difference in how your makeup looks. Curious? Scroll through for our most unusual yet effective makeup techniques!
Most people take their mascara wand, push it into the base of their lashes, wiggle it back and forth through their lashes, and call it a day. We, however, have discovered if you want impossibly long, thick lashes, your first coat of mascara should be applied not to the underside of your lashes but the top. Run the brush through the top of your lashes, coating the tips from above, and then go through your typical application. You’ll be surprised at how much longer and fuller your lashes look.
We’re firm believers in only applying concealer where you need it. You just didn’t know you needed it around your nose (to conceal redness) and the outer corners of your lips (to lift your smile). But brightening up those areas makes your whole face look more alive and your skin tone look more even.
By now, you’ve got highlighting figured out. You know all the usual spots to hit, and you probably start with your brows—highlighting your orbital bone, that C-shape that frames your eye. A wise decision if you want to open up your eyes, but if you stop there, you’re missing an opportunity. Take your highlighter and apply it directly above the highest point of your eyebrow arch and blend. The result? An instant eye lift.
There’s a recipe for getting a barely-there, natural flush, and it’s basically the opposite of everything you’re doing now. First, switch up the order in which you apply it. Tap in cream blush before foundation, not after. Next, stay away from the apples of your cheeks. Instead, press the color onto to the hollows of your cheeks. You’ll look like you were born with glowing skin—never like you had to work for it.
You’re probably familiar with tightlining, but there’s a trick to lining your waterline that makes the application so much better. First, don’t carry the color all the way into your inner corners. Concentrate the color on the outer corner, and gradually soften the application as you move in. Keeping the color solid throughout closes off your eye. Secondly, switch your black liner to navy blue: It brightens the whites of your eyes. You get all the definition of black, but with a little extra vibrancy.
No matter what eye makeup look you’re going for—clean, smoky, or something in between—you can make it better by starting your application by blending your contour powder or a taupe eye shadow into the crease of your eye socket. This gives your eye definition, creating the perfect base for whatever is next (even if it’s just a swipe of mascara). Be sure to find your crease with your eyes open—look straight ahead (not up, not down) to find the right placement.
Never struggle to get the perfect lip liner application ever again. Shapely lips start with an X. Create one straight line extending down from the highest point of your cupid's bow. Then, repeat on the other side, creating an X. Next, make two sideways Vs, one in each corner of your lips. Finally, connect all of the lines—et voilá, beautiful lips.
What are your favorite lesser-known makeup tricks? Tell us in the comments below!
This story was originally published April 5, 2016.